Dr Robert Knox, 1791 - 1862. Anatomist. ('Wretch's Illustrations of Shakespeare', Burke and Hare above and Burke with Knox, no. 7 of second series, Noxiana series of satires)
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Dr Robert Knox, 1791 - 1862. Anatomist. ('Wretch's Illustrations of Shakespeare', Burke and Hare above and Burke with Knox, no. 7 of second series, Noxiana series of satires) 1827 - 1829
  • Scottish Art
Originally published in book form, this contemporary lithograph is one of a series which parodies lines from Shakespeare to mock Dr Robert Knox (1793-1862) and his associations with the so-called "body snatchers" William Burke and William Hare. Burke and Hare were infamous for the murder and delivery of bodies to the anatomy lecturer and ethnologist Dr Knox for dissection. An earlier lithograph in the series declared, "The present impression on the minds of the people is, that one gentleman stands in the same relation to Burke, that the murderer of Banquo did to Macbeth".

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A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.

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  • Acc. No. SP VI 166.13
  • Medium Hand-coloured lithograph on paper
  • Size 36.53 x 27.00 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown